Cell Phone dangers
And How To Mitigate Exposure
Are electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cell phones dangerous? Dr Devra Davis, author of Disconnect, HealthyLiving contributing writer and founder of the Environmental Health Trust, was prescient in 2010 when she labeled cell phone EMFs as cancer causing, enduring attacks everywhere for being called an alarmist. But a year later, in 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a component of the World Health Organization, appointed an expert Working Group to review all available evidence on the use of cell phones. The Working Group classified cell phone use as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on limited evidence from human studies, limited evidence from studies of radiofrequency energy and cancer in rodents and inconsistent evidence from mechanistic studies. That’s reason for concern, even if not conclusive, especially when peer-reviewed epidemiologic and case-control studies are able to tease out a connection.
EMF Filter For the Brain
A new generation of technology is emerging in response to this risk. There are now protective pocket holders, lap shields and even earphones that guard us from this risk.
SafeBudz, cell phone protective mono and stereo earphones and a favorite of “Orange is the New Black” star Miriam Morales as well as reality television star Snooki, are EMF filters. The sound waves travel from the speakers through an Intellitube™—more than 10mm in length that allows sound to travel to the ears while filtering out radiation exposure. The speakers sit at a safe distance from one’s head, allowing users, including children, to safely talk on the phone, listen to music or play games without the risk of harmful radiation exposure.
Other good points are that the earphones eliminate head heat exposure and work with cordless phones (that also emit radiation).
Other methods to mitigate the harmful effects of cell phone radiation:
• Turning your phone off whenever feasible. If possible, keep phones away from your body when they are on and avoid attaching them to belts or carrying in your pockets.
• Texting instead of talking. When you send a text message from your cell phone, you hold your phone away from your body and far away from your head, thereby reducing your exposure to radiation.
• Putting your cell phone on speaker mode.
• Carrying your cell phone in a purse, briefcase or computer bag, rather than in your pocket where it is pressed up against your body.
• Finding a strong signal and staying put. When your cell phone has a weak signal, it has to work harder to transmit and receive information, which translates to higher bursts of radiation. You face the same problem when you are moving quickly; riding in a car, bus or train, for example, a cell phone is forced to repeatedly emit new bursts of radiation as it connects to different cell towers along your route.
• Waiting to speak and listening. Cell phones emit the most radiation when they first connect with the cell tower. One way to reduce the exposure to radiation is to wait until the call has been connected before you put the phone to your ear.
• Besides cell phone-protective earphones, one can also now find cell phone and computer shields for pockets, laptop protective covers and blankets that block EMFs for babies and infants.Reference
International Agency for Research on Cancer. Non-ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic FieldsExit Disclaimer. Lyon, France: IARC; 2013. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans, Volume 102.